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The Impact of a DUI Charge as a Minor In the state of Illinois, police officers are constantly on the lookout for inebriated drivers. As a result, more than 20,000 Illinoisans were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol throughout 2018 alone. The impact of a DUI can be staggering considering the potential loss of income, significant fines, rise in insurance rates, and mark on one’s criminal record. For a minor, the ramifications of a DUI conviction can be life-changing. If your child has been charged with driving under the influence, it is time to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. 

Ramifications of a Criminal Charge

A DUI conviction is a Class A misdemeanor charge in Illinois. If aggravating factors are present during a crash or arrest, the offender could face felony charges. It should also be noted that a DUI conviction cannot be expunged from a person’s criminal record. If a minor is convicted of a charge of this magnitude, they can face increased difficulties securing advanced education and employment opportunities. The importance of ensuring that your child is represented by a skilled defense attorney cannot be overstated. 

Loss of Driving Privileges

Unsurprisingly, minors face tougher penalties after being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most notably, a minor will face a two-year license revocation if they are convicted of a DUI. Illinois’ Zero Tolerance Law states that if a minor is found with traces of alcohol in their system while driving, they will face a license suspension. If the driver refuses chemical testing during the traffic stop, they will face an automatic license suspension. It should be noted that a minor will not automatically regain their driving privileges at the conclusion of the suspension. If a person has their license suspended prior to the age of 21, they will be forced to enroll in a driver remedial education course prior to regaining their driving privileges. 

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DuPage County DUI Defense LawyerIn the state of Illinois, over 20,000 drivers are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on an annual basis. Despite the staggering numbers of DUI arrests, it is important to recognize the severity of a conviction. Not only will a DUI conviction lead to a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record, but it can also lead to loss of income, various other expenses, and even potential jail time. Below we will examine the true cost of a DUI conviction, and why you need to hire a skilled DUI defense attorney in the event of an arrest. 

Potential Loss of Income

First and foremost a DUI conviction can cost you your employment. For many employers, a misdemeanor charge and a public arrest are enough to warrant termination. If aggravating factors were present, and the conviction ultimately constitutes felony charges, the likelihood of termination is even higher. Even if you are able to keep your employment, community service hours and possible jail time will result in income loss.

The Cost of Regaining Your Driving Privileges 

After being convicted of a DUI, the convicted party will face a one-year license revocation period. In the vast majority of cases, a driver will be able to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) but only after installing a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, installation and monitoring expenses of a BAIID usually costs an offender upwards of $1,400 annually. At the conclusion of the revocation period, you will be able to reinstate your license, but this process will cost approximately $500 as well. 

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